Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Unknown Apr 06, 1985 on CBS
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After being forced down by a volcano eruption, String and Dom discover a mining town being run as a slave colony.

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  • Hawke and Santini are using Airwolf to help a geological study when a volcano erupts, forcing them to land. The nearby mining town is overrun with lawlessness, but there's more to it than meets the eye.moreless

    When I first watched Airwolf reruns as a 10 year old kid, I enjoyed all the action scenes with this awesome black helicopter. Now that I'm going back and watching the show again, I find so much more depth and development in the storyline of each episode. Eruption is probably my favorite episode of the second season. Thematically it deals with the age old struggle between management and labor. It seems there's always animosity toward the big wigs of any given company and that the workers don't seem to get a fair shake. This episode is an example of how life can be miserable when a few get unchecked power over many. In this episode, One of the miners distrusts the owner of the mining company in their town. She feels the owner is aloof to their concerns. When the owner is forced to return to town after the volcano eruption, she finds little sympathy from the residents. As it turns out, so much was being hidden from her by the man she put in charge and she is informed of an appalling level of corruption. The company is not what it was when she inherited it from her husband. The people blamed her for all of it. Leadership is another major theme. Good leaders don't tear down. Rather, they work with others to build solutions to problems. There are many strong and opinionated people, but if they can't get others to buy into their ideas, they can't lead. While some of the effects were a little hokey, I remind myself that this was 80s TV and not Hollywood HD CGI. It wasn't so much the futuristic helicopter or the aerial combat scenes that made this episode good, but the story really drove this one.moreless
Joshua Cadman

Joshua Cadman

Nick Crannovitch

Guest Star

Angela Cartwright

Angela Cartwright

Mrs. Cranovitch

Guest Star

Laraine Day

Laraine Day

Amelia Davenport

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • If New Gideon was so close to Mt. Catherine and since Dominic and String were there to take readings before her imminent eruption, why was the town not evacuated for its safety?

    • At the sign entering New Gideon, there is a US Route 15 sign. The road runs from New York to South Carolina, not exactly in the Pacific Northwest.

    • When String and Dom confront Mrs. Cranovitch about the stolen heater, String slips and calls her Mrs. Cravanovitch.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Mrs. Davenport arrives, injured from the eruption)
      Mary: Don't let her in there! She'll contaminate the rest of people in this town!
      String: She has a right to medical attention!
      Mary: You ought to be working with Crammins' men.
      String: That's a cheap shot coming from someone whose supposed to speak like a leader! This woman is hurt. If she is denied medical attention, you are ALL responsible.
      Dom: Come on now, let her through, make way. Now hold it! Hold it now, let her through.
      String: (to Mary) All I'm asking is that you don't deny her medical attention. I didn't say you couldn't speak your mind.

    • (Choppers play around, circling Mrs. Davenport's limo)
      Cove: Come on you guys! Quit playing around, nail her!
      Pilot: Okay Mr. Cove, this one is triple bullseye.
      [Enter Airwolf]

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